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New Report Says HIV Prevalence High in Circumcised Zimbabwe Men

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

The 2010/2011 Zimbabwe Health Demographic Survey says that 14 percent of circumcised men in the country between the ages of 15 and 49 contracted HIV as compared to those uncircumcised.

The survey said there was a misconception among circumcised men that the procedure protects them from HIV infection, thus they do not use condoms during sexual encounters.

The same report says Zimbabwe recorded the highest usage of condoms in the world in the last five years, contributing effectively to the fight against the pandemic.

Health expert Dr. Elopy Sibanda told VOA he was surprised by the survey's findings since results had previously shown circumcision helping reduce new infections.

A member of an HIV/Aids advisory group of Africa's Inter-Parliamentary Union, Tabitha Khumalo, said condom usage must continue to be promoted, even amongst circumcised men.

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